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Plans for indoor recreation complex on hold for now | News

“The need for these recreational facilities as the community grows is not going away,” Bina said. “When the time is right, we have to approach it in a way we feel the community wants us to approach it and will support it.”

The recreation complex was projected to cost $114.5 million. Donations were expected to cover up to 10% of the cost. A feasibility study paid for by Parks and Recreation said the complex would bring in $2.6 million in revenue annually, and annual expenses were projected at $3.1 million. Expenses not covered by revenue were to be paid for in the Parks and Recreation budget. A location for the facility was not selected before the vote.

The plans for the complex included a main building, a separate facility for an ice rink and a courtyard between the two buildings. Also included were a four-lane running and walking track, an adventure trail, five indoor pickleball courts, six tennis courts, two full-size gymnasiums, four racquetball courts, a gymnastics facility and an indoor turf field.

Those features came from the feedback Parks and Recreation received from the community, Jeske said.

Bina said the facility was planned to address the city’s needs in the long term.

“We tend to look at how Bismarck is today,” he said. “And this complex would probably be a 50- to 75-year facility. One thing I think most of us agree on is that we continue to grow.” 

Reach Sam Nelson at 701-250-8264 or sam.nelson@bismarcktribune.com.

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Richmond-based developer is planning a $25 million-plus project in Colonial Beach with town homes, condos and a hotel | Business News

For the entire project, Dodson said “we are gathering input in what it can be and should be. We promise to continue these conversations, listen and learn, and move forward responsibly in a manner that benefits the town and provides residents and visitors alike with valuable new real estate.”

Dodson stressed that the architectural style of his developments will pay homage to the town’s history.

“One of the reasons we went with Dodson is that he appropriately wants to keep the Chesapeake Bay authentic look. He wants to keep the character and charm of the town. He’s trying to take his new development and fuse it with the architecture in this area,” said Quinn Robertson, who has been Colonial Beach’s town manager for nearly three years.

In addition to buying the parcels for $2.7 million, Dodson Development will donate a total of $20,000 over each phase of the project ($5,000 per phase) for continued historic preservation, tourism promotion, and town beautification.

The deal to sell the 12 parcels to Dodson clears the way for the largest redevelopment project in Colonial Beach in decades, Robertson said.

“Our real estate market has gone through the roof,” he said. “Colonial Beach is a hidden gem.”

Robertson and Dodson began discussing the idea of the redevelopment project earlier this year after Town Council voted to list the properties for sale. The town hired Richmond-based Motleys Asset Disposition Group’s SVN/Motleys commercial real estate team to market the properties.

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Coronavirus live: Italians warned not to travel abroad due to rise in Covid cases | World news





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DEC obtains 525 acres in North Collins for wildlife management and outdoor recreation | Local News

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 525 acres in the Town of North Collins for hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor recreation.

The property, known as the Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area, includes the 43-acre Clear Lake Reservoir and surrounding area that has mature forest, wetlands, brushland and open fields.

The unused land was transferred from the state Office of Mental Health to be managed by the DEC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife for wildlife reproduction and outdoor recreation.

The lake was constructed in the 1920s as a reservoir to serve the former Gowanda Psychiatric Center. More recently, it provided water for the Collins Correctional Facility. 

“The new Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area will provide outstanding wildlife-based recreational opportunities for visitors while protecting important habitat for many local species,” Abby Snyder, director of DEC’s Region 9, said in a prepared statement.

“DEC will continue to work with our public and private partners to conserve critical parcels like this that connect our communities to natural resources,” Snyder said.

The area can be accessed on the north side of Genesee Road in North Collins, west of Route 75. The DEC recently installed two parking areas to improve public access to the site.

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Israeli Envoys Will Travel to Sudan for Normalisation Deal, Netanyahu Says | World News

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli delegation will travel to Sudan in coming days after the two countries agreed to take steps to normalise ties, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday.

The agreement, brokered with the help of the United States and announced on Friday, made Sudan the third Arab government to set aside hostilities with Israel in the last two months.

“An Israeli delegation will leave to Sudan in the coming days to complete the agreement,” Netanyahu said at a news conference.

It was unclear, however, how long it will take for an accord to be completed. The military and civilian leaders of Sudan’s transitional government have been divided over how fast and how far to go in establishing ties with Israel.

The Sudanese premier wants approval from a yet-to-be formed parliament to proceed with a broader, formal normalisation, and that may not be a quick process given the sensitivities and civilian-military differences. It is unclear when the assembly will be created.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to remove Sudan from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism paved the way for the accord, marking a foreign policy achievement for the Republican president as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3, trailing in opinion polls behind Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Trump sealed the Israel-Sudan agreement in a phone call with Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Transitional Council Head Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in which he said: “Do you think ‘Sleepy Joe’ could have made this deal?”

Netanyahu, reliant on bipartisan support for Israel in Washington, responded haltingly: “Well, Mr. President, one thing I can tell you, is … we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America.”

Asked at Saturday’s news conference whether he was embarrassed by Trump’s question, Netanyahu said: “It is very difficult to embarrass me,” and stressed he was grateful to Trump for his policy toward Israel. “I hope this policy will continue. I don’t want to make any prophecies about the election results.”

(Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by David Holmes)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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New Ski Resorts, Inside The ‘Bachelorette’ Hotel, 2021 Airline Status News And More

Inside the Palm Springs Hotel on ‘The Bachelorette’

Contestants on ABC’s The Bachelorette may be looking for love, but many who watch the reality series have wanderlust on their minds. This season, The Bachelorette is handing out roses at the luxurious La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California. The editors of Forbes Travel Guide offer an inside peek at La Quinta, which has 620 casitas, 98 villas, 41 swimming pools, 21 tennis courts, 5 golf courses and plenty of lush gardens.

The Top New Ski Hotels for 2020-21

In a travel year that went downhill fast, there is still plenty of good news—several new ski resorts opened in 2020. Among the best new properties are three hotels in Colorado and one in Montana.

Bucket List Travel: The Top 10 Places in the World

Looking to cross off some destinations from your travel bucket list? Lonely Planet recently published its second Ultimate Travel List, which touts the 500 most thrilling and memorable destinations on earth. Among the top 10 locations are Petra, Jordan (above), Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, and Lake Bled in Slovenia. Lonely Planet also ranked the top 29 places in the United States, which includes many national parks.

Travel Wise

This week, American Airlines became the first major carrier to announce its 2021 loyalty program requirements. Given the massive reduction in flights and passengers, the mileage and spending limits are considerably lower to achieve elite status tiers.

A Handmade Slipper Collection Inspired by a Legendary New York Hotel

Stubbs & Wootton recently debuted a slipper collaboration with writer and man-about-town Zachary Weiss, inspired by New York’s iconic St. Regis hotel. The new collection celebrates club sandwiches, liquid lunch, and question that may be asked when you purchase a pair—cash or credit?

Passport by ForbesLife chronicles the latest in luxury travel, drinking and dining, fashion—and life’s other indulgences. Click here to sign up for its weekly newsletter.

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Germany Issues Travel Warnings as COVID Surges in Europe | World News

By Kirsti Knolle and Inti Landauro

BERLIN/MADRID (Reuters) – Germany warned on Thursday against travel to neighbouring countries, Belgium’s foreign minister went into intensive care and Spain said COVID-19 was “out of control” in many areas, as governments across Europe took action to fight the pandemic.

As German authorities reported more than 10,000 daily cases for the first time, Berlin issued travel warnings for Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, most of Austria and many Italian regions, including the capital Rome.

“The situation overall has become very serious,” Lothar Wieler, of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s infectious diseases agency, said in Berlin, adding: “We still have a chance to slow a further spread of the virus.”

After Europe appeared to have gained a measure of control over the epidemic following the dramatic lockdowns of March and April, a surge in cases over recent weeks has put the continent back at the heart of the crisis.

Hospitalisations and deaths across most of Europe have not yet reached the levels of the initial wave early this year, but authorities in many countries worry the situation could rapidly get worse.

More than 5.3 million people in Europe have contracted the disease and over 204,000 have died, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

India has had more than 7.7 million cases – the world’s highest tally after the United States with 8.3 million. But elsewhere in Asia, from China to South Korea or New Zealand, draconian lockdowns and rigorous contact tracing have helped contain the disease.

Grappling with the enormous costs of the coronavirus, Europe’s leaders are desperate to avoid a repeat of the blanket lockdowns that shut down their economies in the spring.

But as cases have surged, and health services have come under increasing pressure, they have been forced to impose and expand local restrictions aimed at reducing public gatherings to ever wider areas.

Underlining the reach of the disease, Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes went into intensive care on Thursday. German Health Minister Jens Spahn tested positive a day earlier.

“The second wave is a reality,” Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Thursday. “In many areas of our country, the epidemic is out of control.”

A number of Spanish regions are calling for localised curfews such as those implemented in France and Italy, where Lazio, the region around Rome, has joined Lombardy and Campania around Milan and Naples in imposing overnight curfews.

Amid the growing public alarm, Germany’s statistics office noted that sales of toilet paper rose almost 90% last week from pre-crisis levels with almost equally sharp jumps in sales of disinfectants and soap.

Only Sweden, a European outlier which has relied largely on voluntary measures to promote social distancing, was an exception, declaring senior citizens no longer need to isolate themselves given lower COVID infection rates than in spring.

As the crisis has intensified, much of the public goodwill seen in the first phase of lockdowns has evaporated and central governments have engaged in angry spats

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Norwood Recreation to host Trunk or Treat – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA

Editor’s Note: The following comes from the Norwood Recreation Department.

The Recreation Department has partnered with the Skating Club of Boston, 750 University Ave., and they are hosting the Trunk or Treat Drive Through on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. The club has a huge parking lot perfect for a drive-thru.

This year the cost will be $5 per car that drives through, and all the money will go to the Norwood Food Pantry. All cars must be preregistered.

This event is for Norwood residents only.

Participants will drive through and see all the different themed trunks and be able to wave; the department encourages participants to wear costumes and decorate their cars and get in the Halloween spirit.

Each trunk this year will not be passing out candy, but participants will receive a goody bag at the end of all the trunks from the Recreation Department due to COVID. The department already has more than 25 cars registered to decorate trunks, and police, fire, light, Norwood Community Media and DPW will be bringing a truck.

Registration will be limited. There will be two time slots; only cars registered for the time slot will be able to drive through at that time.

For updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/NORWOOD-RECREATION-DEPARTMENT-167667630925

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Norwood Recreation to host Trunk or Treat – News – Milford Daily News

Editor’s Note: The following comes from the Norwood Recreation Department.

The Recreation Department has partnered with the Skating Club of Boston, 750 University Ave., and they are hosting the Trunk or Treat Drive Through on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. The club has a huge parking lot perfect for a drive-thru.

This year the cost will be $5 per car that drives through, and all the money will go to the Norwood Food Pantry. All cars must be preregistered.

This event is for Norwood residents only.

Participants will drive through and see all the different themed trunks and be able to wave; the department encourages participants to wear costumes and decorate their cars and get in the Halloween spirit.

Each trunk this year will not be passing out candy, but participants will receive a goody bag at the end of all the trunks from the Recreation Department due to COVID. The department already has more than 25 cars registered to decorate trunks, and police, fire, light, Norwood Community Media and DPW will be bringing a truck.

Registration will be limited. There will be two time slots; only cars registered for the time slot will be able to drive through at that time.

For updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/NORWOOD-RECREATION-DEPARTMENT-167667630925

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